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admonished to surrender to the Truth and adhere to it only. The question of the spoils of war was
resolved and the principles and basics relevant to this issue were clearly defined.
The laws and rules pertinent to war and peace were legalized and codified, especially at this
advanced stage of the Islamic action. Allâh wanted the Muslims to follow war ethics dissimilar to
those of pre-Islamic practices. The Muslims are deemed to outdo the others in ethics, values and
fine ideals. He wants to impress on the world that Islam is not merely a theoretical code of life, it is
rather mind cultivation-orientated practical principles. In this context, He established inter a nd intra-
state relations.
The fast of Ramadan was established as an obligatory observance in the year 2 A.H., appended by
the duty imposed upon Muslims of paying
(alms tax, poor-due) in order to alleviate the
burden of the needy Emigrants.
A wonderful and striking coincidence was the establishment of Shawwal
(the Festival of the
Fast-Breaking) directly after the manifest victory of Badr. It was actually the finest spectacle ever
witnessed of Muslims leaving their houses praying, acclaiming Allâh’s Name and entertaining His
praise at the top of their voices in recognition of His favour and grace, and last but not least, the
support He rendered them and through which the forces of the Truth overpowered those of evil.
“And remember when you were few and were reckoned weak in the land, and were afraid
that men might kidnap you, but He provided a safe place for you, strengthened you with His
help, and provided you with good things so that you might be grateful.” [8:26]
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